The other day I took some great pictures of Niklas, which was really fun. It was a long time ago that I used my creativity and now I finally got my artistic vein pumping! Let us see what some black body paint, lightroom and photoshop can do :)

​Maybe they aren't perfect, but I had a great time making them and I felt a spark igniting somewhere in all of this. I'll make sure I'll do it again soon enough. 

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Two days ago I had an extended and lovely dinner at our new restaurant at the Avenue of Gothenburg; Heden. I took the opportunity and tried out my new flash, next time I'll bring another lens because I don't need a 50mm 1.4 when I have a flash. And I stopped every other meter to talk with someone I knew. It's amazing that we opened up 4 years ago and now we have 4 restaurants in Gothenburg, 18 in total around Sweden.

The restaurant is beautiful, the waiters are professional and lovely. I love the food, I fancy almost every drink, the interior design is great and all decorations are amazing! You gotta visit Pinchos Heden :) #eatpinchos

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A lot of things has happened since last time I wrote an entry here. I can't really recollect enough to make a great summary of it, but the latest greatest things are the opening of another of our restaurants in Gothenburg, the 4th and by far the biggest with 300 seats. And I'm going there tonight with Niklas, Filip and Dijana on a pre-premier night, we're really looking forward to that.

And a few weekends ago I got bouquet of flowers from one of my favourite regulars. They were so thankful that we always manage to get them a table even though they're always out in last-minute. For me this is greater and better than the award from 2014 for best restaurant in Gothenburg, that we have on our wall close to the entrance. No wonder I'm always happy. I'm exactly where I want to be in life.

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Okay. So I've known that I'm going to Copenhagen for a few weeks but since I didn't buy the tickets until this morning it didn't feel like I actually were going. I didn't want to buy the tickets earlier since I didn't know how tired I would be after work yesterday. Last time I was going to Denmark (with my wonderful friends Julia and Paco) I woke up like five minutes before the ferry left because I finished work at 3am or something and the ferry left at 8am.

This time I'm going by train and I will sleep for a bit if I'm allowed to. Should've bought a ticket for the silent sections. But it's a darn good thing that they have free Wifi, you go SJ!

And no, I don't know why I'm going to Denmark. As long as I don't have a another free boring weekend in Gothenburg I'll happily go anywhere.

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So after being sick with the flu and a high fever from Monday night to Saturday morning, I decided I was ready to go to work. The doctor said that I could work again when I felt like I could, and I have definitely felt worse than I did yesterday morning and I was severely bored of sleeping, Netflix and sitting on my ass all day long. So excited and happy I started my work day. The first thing I fucked up was that the washing powder box broke, all over me and the floor. A fuck my life-moment, but really laughable and the rest of the day was great with hugs from colleagues, smiles from regulars and being active and happy.

It wasn't until later my breath actually became really strained, really irritatingly annoying when you try to work, and I started wheezing like an 80 year old smoker. I got to our staff room and took a few puffs of my medication against my asthma and then I jumped up and continued working. Which I probably shouldn't had done, since I got a tingling sensation in my face arms and legs. A colleague took care of the restaurant and I had to sit down in the kitchen trying to reach a doctor for advice but ended up calling after medics instead since there was a 40 minutes queue to 1177. During my emergency call I lost power over my arms and one of the chefs took over the call and my fingers stiffened and turned backwards and I had this strange tingling feeling everywhere. I was loosing oxygen.

The medics came when I was just about to faint, they were calm and wonderful, and took great care of me. I had to breath through a mask connected with an oxygen tank and got better after a few minutes. The medics left and I went home by Uber after a while.

Thank you medics
A big thanks to my loving friends at work and I'm so terribly sorry for the scare
Fuck you detergent box​
And after all I'm really happy I was spared the embarrassment of fainting infront of my guests

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I think that most people that I know knows that I don't celebrate christmas. Still they ask me, with best intentions, if I had a good celebration. I spent time with a nice couchsurfer and were a bit hungover. The days after that I worked mostly and then came New Years Eve. I had a great time with friends, ate a lovely dinner and went home around 3 am to go to sleep, but instead my best friend came over and we partied until 8 am. Almost didn't leave the bed at all the day after. A good start of the New Year I'd say.

​Now, during the celebrations of New Years Eve I got the question of what my resolution would be. And I was a bit flabbergasted since people seemed to take it so seriously. So in the past few days I've been trying to think what I want to perfect in my life and came to some conclusions. 

  • Travel more
  • Write more
  • Less shopping, more experiencing 
  • Drink less (alcohol)
  • Drink more (water)
  • Compel myself to do my physical therapy
  • Eat healthier
  • Don't be afraid of change 
  • Spend more time on hobbies (like photography and couchsurfing) 
  • Use up all vacation weeks 

And I think that's a good start. No life-changer ​or such, but I don't want to promise too much. 

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I don’t want to be like my intermediate schools maths teacher. He always kept on going on about his trips to Argentina and how amazing everything was there. Even though it could be a good way to distract him from actually continuing teaching us anything. What I’m trying to say is that New York was amazing but I will talk about other things as well.

One of the most amazing things about New York, maybe because of their air already being so polluted, was that there were so few smokers around. It was a chock every time I saw one, because I spent two weeks there and only saw a handful. Didn’t seem as socially acceptable as it is here in Sweden. Maybe they actually listen to science or do they just realise it’s actually disgusting?

And I saw a sign at a place called Superiority burger (with amazing vegetarian and vegan food btw) that said: No smoking or electronic cigarette use. Hadn’t seen that at any place before and I didn’t quite understand, because I’m not bothered by the use of electronic cigarettes like http://www.electrocigarette.se/ because you can use it everywhere and it’s just vapours. I used to be a smoker a few years ago, stupidly enough, but that’s a different subject.

I think that there are many ways of quitting but this is one of the better options since most peoples addictions are mostly in their heads and you can easily deceive your own mind. Personally I just came to a sudden realisation that I didn’t need it in my life and stopped just like that. But I understand that we all work differently.

Smokers in Sweden has little or no respect for others and thankfully you aren’t allowed to smoke inside restaurants and other places any longer, but I think it should be even more limited and in the end forbidden. Good riddance to bad rubbish I’d say.

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Yesterday we had a special effect make up artist helping us getting ready for Halloween, and made our look. I had just a small wound on my face because I didn't want to much, my colleagues went all in with their faces covered in wounds like they were run over by a truck or two though, it was amazing.

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​So, today a friend of mine is gonna visit and stay for a while. Didn't think he'd ever come since he's been making up excuses all the time. Like tonsillitis and surgery and other bullshit ;) Seriously though, it's great that he's visiting finally and it's going to be fun to have him here. I met him, and his friend Katie, for the first time this summer and we had such a great time together. My two adorable tourists. 

And he shared his fascination for Sweden and Gothenburg, he's actually planning on moving here next year, it seems. If he doesn't get an ingrown toe-nail or something, who knows? Anyways, he just landed and I'll be on my way soon to meet him up at the central station, after that we'll dump his stuff at my place and head for a restaurants. Probably Tacos & Tequila, but we'll see where there's room for us. 

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I had been waiting for quite some time and I've been saving up money to be able to have a great time, without having to mind my budget too much. I just think it'd be more comfortable with certain things, like the layover here Heathrow for five hours could've been shorter, that I landed in New Jersey Newark instead of JFK and the constant free-WiFi-hunt! Should’ve bought a dual SIM-card case. So I want that for my iPhone until next time.

Strangely enough, I was chosen to do an extra examination through security on my way into the airport in Sweden. They checked for explosives and I have to say that I didn't mind since that queue through security was way shorter! That was not the way through the rest of the trip though sadly, though it wasn’t as hellish as my friends and colleagues told me it would be, it was actually very simple if you just listened and complied.

So my trip to New York was truly amazing, I didn’t believe it would be so great as it was. I had very few disappointments and my host and friend Brandon was very nice! I'm glad we met through Couchsurfing and that he invited me over to stay. I stayed at his place in Brooklyn and he showed me quite a few good places and one of them is now amongst my favorites.

My favourite places where The Highline and the view from Brooklyn Park. Otherwise most places were nice and my best advise would be to explore as much as you can, if you ever are to visit New York, that's what I did and I used the eyes of locals. Met a few other couchsurfers and they gave me great advise of what to do.

Random people could be so nice, call you sweetheart and give you help if you looked lost. Some guy and a girl even told me just out of the blue, that they liked my style and looks. One of my favorite questions has to be: "Have you ever been arrested before?" Well, there's a question I never thought I'd get. Me and Brandon went between trains and I didn't know that it was prohibited, but it is obviously since an officer stopped us and told us we were bad boys ;) I'm so thankful that I am Swedish, it would've been so complicated for the officer so he didn't give me a ticket. But Brandon however he got a ticket, poor thing! Good thing the fine wasn't too high at least.

Another question I never thought I'd get was "have you ever done a reverse Oreo?". A black man asked that question to us on the train, while he was rubbing Brandon's leg when he was seated right next to him. Worst pickup line I've heard in my entire life.

One of my favourite restaurants was Superiority Burger, a small hole in the wall almost but, with really good veggie food. My absolute favourite, exceeding every expectation I had; Dirt Candy. That's a restaurant that every person who visits NYC should visit. It has several awards and it's totally worth your time and spare no expense!

Speaking of restaurants, most waiters can be quite rude, not at the places previously mentioned. They were amazing. But some other places.., I don't want to imagine not tipping them, then they would hunt me down and stab me and curse my family for generations if they could. And worst is China town. The only reason they have a sign saying "Welcome to Chinatown" is because no one will actually say it.

Whilst being a filthy city with trash (not only the white ones, I do mean garbage) on the streets, rats and grey squirells everywhere, smoke from the utility holes and the occasional fires. Ok, a fire happened just once and it was probably just trash burning (still garbage, not people) so it wasn't a disaster or anything. My point being, it's a bit rusty and disgusting but it's also so lovely and charming. As said; I'll be back! 

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